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Make leaders accountable

2011-09-26 20:08

Johannesburg - Pressure needs to be put on African governments to account for commitments they made to their citizens, continental development body the African Monitor (AM) said on Monday.

"We want to mobilise people across the continent to push for a focus on economic opportunities," AM president Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane said.

The monitor felt citizen activism was not "spirited enough" in Africa to push for policy change. It wanted citizens to popularise commitments African governments had made and ensure they acted on them.

"People must ensure that money is spent where it supposed to be... and track what is happening," he said.

Comments
  • iqanda - 2011-09-26 20:38

    No leaders in africa are or will ever be accountable, they are dishonest lying thieves who dotn have a honest bone in their body. If you want honest leaders look to europe and Oz. At least they have the self respect to resign when they stuff up, not like these pigs who deny and lie.

      cerveza - 2011-09-26 21:15

      @iqanda - why don't we also look at Barbados, Qatar, Chile and Japan. Is South Africa not considered less corrupt than Greece and Italy according to Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index for 2010. What were the other countries involved in the Arms Deal and have England, France and Germany brought anyone to book for corruption? Be careful that you don't place false respect/disrespect on regions as there is several European Countries placed in the top 3rd of most corrupt governments and 4 of them are in the EU. No matter where you are, if you don't constantly ask for transparency politicians will steal you blind

      cerveza - 2011-09-26 21:15

      @iqanda - why don't we also look at Barbados, Qatar, Chile and Japan. Is South Africa not considered less corrupt than Greece and Italy according to Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index for 2010. What were the other countries involved in the Arms Deal and have England, France and Germany brought anyone to book for corruption? Be careful that you don't place false respect/disrespect on regions as there is several European Countries placed in the top 3rd of most corrupt governments and 4 of them are in the EU. No matter where you are, if you don't constantly ask for transparency politicians will steal you blind

      norman.depluhm - 2012-06-28 15:03

      @cerveza We have NO idea how much corruption is actually going on, the whole lot of them circle the wagons and lie/deny anytime an allegation pops up, are those things EVER investigated? For 30 minutes maybe. Are charges brought? Hardly. Do the convicted get off scot free and do it all over again? Yes. In europe they actually get caught, so the stats show that. And as iqanda pointed out, they resign and disappear forever.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-09-26 20:40

    Will never happen in Africa...history has a habit of repeating itself. Only 2 things consistent in Africa -- dictators and corruption

  • MyWereld - 2011-09-26 20:49

    This general statement includes South Africa, and as we know this statement is retorical.

  • Ohmikehunt - 2011-09-26 21:01

    Who/what exactly is AM? Seems like a colonialist trolling about Africa again. Leave Africa for the Africans!

      cerveza - 2011-09-26 21:21

      @Ohmikehunt - your right, Njongonkulu Ndungane is such a typical colonialist name, why doesn't he just go back to where he came from, Kokstad!

      cerveza - 2011-09-26 21:21

      @Ohmikehunt - your right, Njongonkulu Ndungane is such a typical colonialist name, why doesn't he just go back to where he came from, Kokstad!

  • beicime - 2011-09-26 21:23

    Corruption is in the whole world and it goes on though not acceptable at all. But African leaders have an additional problem called: Competence. They are ignorant of their duties.

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